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LISC Helps Restore North Philadelphia’s “Neighborhood Field”

August 14, 2013

Yesterday, Mayor Michael A. Nutter kept his promise as he announced the restoration of the 11th and Cecil B. Moore football field, a promise he granted the 2010 Pop Warner National Football champions, the Blackhawks, in 2010.

The City of Philadelphia plans to make major renovations to the grass football field, in partnership with Philadelphia LISC, the Philadelphia Eagles, and St. Joseph’s Prep High School. The $2.5 million project will transform the grass field into a “world-class sports facility in the heart of Philadelphia” said City Council President Darrell Clarke. The City will install a new turf field, featuring new field goal posts, a new scoreboard, as well as new fencing and landscaping. The restrooms and locker rooms will also be restored.

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“The commitment to this project demonstrates to our children that when you work hard, good things can happen,” stated Nutter as he reminisced over the promise made to the Blackhawks. The new field will be home to both the Blackhawks and the St.   Joseph’s Prep football and lacrosse teams.

The project will also benefit the neighborhood, Nutter said, as the community has been actively involved from start to finish. The Mayor charged present community members to take ownership of the field, calling it “the neighborhood field,” in hopes that everyone will enjoy it, take care of it and preserve it.

“Revitalizing this field isn’t just about recreation,” he said. “It is a key asset in North Philadelphia that will make life better in the community.”

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